September 28, 2022

Audible Delivers Loud & Clear: 107 Speed Rating for Florida Derby romp is highest this year

Audible's 107 Brisnet Speed Rating in the Florida Derby is the fastest of any 2018 Kentucky Derby points race (Photo courtesy Lauren King/Coglianese Photography)

Audible received a 107 Brisnet Speed Rating for his Florida Derby victory on Saturday, March 31, at Gulfstream Park. The number is the highest earned in any 2018 Kentucky Derby points race and tied for second-best in the history of the series.

Top Speed Ratings in Kentucky Derby Points Series History
Year Date Track Distance Race Winner Speed
2016 Nov. 11 Santa Anita 1 1/16 B.C. Juvenile Classic Empire 108
2018 March 31 Gulfstream 1  1/8 Florida Derby Audible 107
2015 April 4 Aqueduct 1 1/8 Wood Memorial Frosted 107
                               4 tied w/ 106

The win also gave trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth win in the 2017-2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby to lead all trainers. He has won both U.S.-based races in Part 2 of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, and while Pletcher is unlikely to rank his contenders, the Brisnet numbers clearly favor Audible over Louisiana Derby winner Noble Indy (he also has Rebel Stakes winner Magnum Moon pointing toward the Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn Park).

Kentucky Derby Championship Series Part 2 Ratings
Date Track Distance Race Winner Speed Class
March 24 Fair Grounds 1  1/8 Louisiana Derby Noble Indy 100 121.0
March 31 Meydan 1 3/16 U.A.E. Derby Mendelssohn n/a
March 31 Gulfstream 1  1/8 Florida Derby Audible 107 122.7

 Audible put up big numbers in all categories, becoming just the second three-year-old to post at least a 90 E1 Pace Rating, 100 E2 Pace Rating, 100 Late Pace Rating, and 100 Speed Rating. Promises Fulfilled, who finished last—beaten 35 1/4 lengths by Audible in the Florida Derby, had done it when winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes, but Audible’s numbers were superior in every category.

The other horses to post the 90, 100, 100, 100, 100 Brisnet ratings chart line in a Kentucky Derby points race were Overanalyze (2012 Remsen), Itsmyluckyday (2013 Holy Bull), Frosted (2015 Wood Memorial), J Boys Echo (2017 Gotham), and Bolt d’Oro (2017 FrontRunner).

Of course, prep performance does not always coincide with Kentucky Derby performance. Of the four previous horses to have done this in a points race, none hit the board in the Run for the Roses. Frosted fared best when fourth in 2015 to eventual Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year American Pharoah. Speed & Class Ratings are available in the Ultimate Past Performances that are free to players when they wager. Speed measures how fast a horse ran a particular race and is comparable across distance, surface, and location. Class measures competition within each race. For more information, CLICK HERE.